Where did you mushroom journey begin?
My mushroom journey began many years ago before mushrooms were cool and everywhere on shelf (haha!) I have a background in food studies & fitness nutrition, so I was taking cordyceps supplements pre-workout over 6 years ago to help boost stamina and improve performance. I'm a former marathon runner (I've run 2 full marathons and 7 halfs) so mushrooms helped me boost my energy levels and recover strong.
What is your mushroom spirit animal and why?
My mushroom spirit animal is reishi. As a born Virgo and hardcore perfectionist, reishi is the mushroom that keeps me chill and helps me stay balanced so I can be my best self! Plus, reishi serves so many functions in the body, and I like to think that if I was a mushroom, I'd be a badas* mushroom like reishi.
Quote that you live by?
"Be BOLD, TENACIOUS & RESILIENT."
Tell us one of your favorite facts that captivated you with the fungi world.
I love the many nicknames for reishi. Since reishi is my favorite mushroom and mushroom spirit animal, I think it's awesome that reishi is known as the "mushroom of immortality," the "soul mushroom," and the "king of mushrooms."
What is your favorite mushroom pun or funny joke?
I'm a HUGE fan of food puns, and I especially love these two: "Let that shitake go" and "That's what friends are spore!"